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New Silk Wood play area open to young forest explorers!

Children using Westonbirt's play features.9 August 2011

The latest addition to Westonbirt’s natural play trail is now open for young forest explorers!

The area named ‘Ted’s Fright’ is located along Willesley Drive in Silk Wood. It can be found just past the entrance to Palmer Ride (map reference M16).

Children can clamber over a series of giant logs, carved and positioned to look like a mass of tree roots erupting from the ground.

Ben Oliver, Westonbirt’s Learning and Interpretation Manager commented:

“The natural play trail in the Old Arboretum has been really successful – but a lot of visitors have said it is not quite challenging enough. And of course families with dogs can’t take advantage of it.

“We’re really excited about the new Ted’s Fright area and hope to develop other new play features in Silk Wood this year and next.”

Ted’s Fright used to be an old quarry. It gets its name because, legend says, a member of a tree team from years ago almost toppled a tractor into it and got a bit of a fright (the infamous Ted)!

You can watch a video and read a blog from the team who created Ted’s Fright to find out more about the inspiration behind the new area.

Kids go free until 31 August 2011.

Last updated: 10th July 2017


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